U.S. High Court Rejects Katrina Victims’ Appeal


     WASHINGTON (CN) – The U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a 5th Circuit ruling that the homeowners’ insurance policies of Hurricane Katrina victims did not cover flood damages caused by levee breaches. 




     The high court turned down the appeal of Xavier University and 68 other individuals and businesses who claimed that their hazard insurance policies should have covered damage from flooding caused by the failure of man-made levees. 
     A three-judge panel ruled on Aug. 6 of last year that homeowners’ policies do not cover flood damage, even from levee failure, and that flooding had caused the “total loss” of their property. See Feb. 19 order list.
      

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